The Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment acknowledges its high achieving students by presenting annual student prizes, awards and medals

Prizes and awards

The Faculty presents the following student prizes, awards and medals each year.

Dean of Architecture and Built Environment's Merit List 

Architecture, Construction Management (Building) and Industrial Design students The Faculty recognises the achievement of those undergraduate Architecture, Construction Management (Building) and Industrial Design students who, having enrolled in at least 20 units for the academic year, have achieved a cumulative GPA of 6.0 at the conclusion of the academic year, by including the student's name on the Dean's Merit List. Students must also have achieved a semester GPA of 6.0 or more in each semester of that academic year. The award is available to students who are enrolled in a combined degree. A Head of School may recommend to the Dean of Architecture that a student who has achieved GPAs of other than those indicated above be included on the Dean's Merit List or that a particular student not be included on the Dean's Merit List. In such cases the Dean may either include a student on the Dean's Merit List in accordance with the recommendation of the Head of School or in accordance with the criteria detailed above. 

Dean of Architecture and Built Environment's Medal

Awarded to all graduating undergraduate students enrolled in any of the Architecture, Construction Management (Building) and Industrial Design programs who achieve a cumulative GPA of 6.5 or above. The award of Dean's Medal is noted on the student's academic record. The award is available to students who are enrolled in a combined degree. A Dean's Medallist may also be a University Medallist. 

Dean of Engineering's Merit List 

The Faculty recognises the achievement of those undergraduate Engineering, Surveying and Computer Science students who, having completed at least 80 units of their course (or at least 60 units if they have been granted credit), have attained a cumulative WAM of 77 or more at the conclusion of the academic year, by including the student's name on the Dean's Merit List. Students must also have achieved a term WAM of 70 or more in each semester or trimester of that academic year. The award is noted on the student's academic record. The award is also available to all students who are enrolled in a combined degree. A Head of School may recommend to the Dean of Engineering that a student who has achieved WAMs of other than those indicated above be included on the Dean's Merit List or that a particular student not be included on the Dean's Merit List. In such cases the Dean may either include a student on the Dean's Merit List in accordance with the recommendation of the Head of School or in accordance with the criteria detailed above. 

Dean of Engineering's Medal 

The Dean's Medal is awarded to all graduating undergraduate students enrolled in either of the Engineering and Surveying programs who achieve a cumulative Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 85 or above. A Dean's Medallist may also be a University Medallist. 

Faculty Prizes and Awards

A W Roberts Medallion: An engraved medallion awarded annually to the student enrolled in a program offered by the Faculty of Engineering, who appears on the Dean's Merit List and has achieved the best overall performance/highest weighted average mark of the academic year. 

Engineering Fraternity Prize: $150 and an inscribed medallion or scroll (or both) awarded annually to the student graduating with a Bachelor degree offered in the Faculty of Engineering whose performance in the subjects comprising the final year of that degree is judged to have shown the most improvement over his or her performance in the courses comprising the remainder of the degree. 

Institution of Engineers Australia (Newcastle Division) Prize: $500, a certificate and a medal Awarded annually to the student with the highest pass among the Bachelor of Engineering Honours graduands/graduates, provided that the student has been enrolled at the University of Newcastle for not less than two full academic years of the course, one of which shall have been the final year. 

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Awards and Prizes

The Electric Energy Society of Australia Prize: awarded annually to the student enrolled in the third year (or part-time equivalent) of the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the courses ELEC3130 - Electricity Utilization and ELEC3250 - Power Electronics. It has a prize value of $500, with the winner receiving a membership to Electric Energy Society ($70), attendance to conference for one year ($220) and complimentary bulletins for one year. 

Engineers Australia Prize in Computer Engineering: $200 awarded annually to the student with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the subjects comprising the full first year of the course program of the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer). Engineers Australia Prize in Electrical Engineering: $200 awarded annually to the student with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the subjects comprising the full first year of the course program of the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering). 

Engineers Australia Prize in Telecommunication Engineering: awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the courses comprising the full first year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunication Engineering) program. The winner will receive $200, a certificate and a three year membership of Engineers Australia. 

Institution of Engineering and Technology Prize: awarded to a student who, in the penultimate year (or part time equivalent) of the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) course, which is mutually accredited by the Engineers Australia and the IET, has achieved the best performance of sufficient merit. The winner will receive a certificate provided by the donor and two years membership of the IET, which will come into effect upon graduation. 

The ISRD Surveillance Systems Division Prize: $300 awarded annually to a final year undergraduate student in Electrical, Computer or Telecommunications Engineering who submits the final year project judged to be of exceptional merit in an area of technology relevant to military surveillance systems. Such areas include radar electro-optics, propagation and modelling, electromagnetic theory, antennas, optical physics, scattering, microwave, millimetre wave and optical components, radar imaging, signal and image processing and surveillance systems studies. The prize is only available to students who are Australian citizens or who have permanent resident status in Australia. 

Object Consulting Pty. Ltd Object Technology Prize: $1,500 awarded annually to the members of the student team with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the project of SENG3120 - Object Oriented Software Engineering. Powerdist Conference Prize in Electrical Engineering: awarded to the electrical engineering student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in third year electrical engineering core courses. The winner will receive a place at the Powerdist national training conference, including travel and accommodation. 

Purdue Prize in Circuit Fundamentals: $100 awarded annually to the student enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) who achieves the best performance in the subjects ELEC1300 -Electrical Engineering I and ELEC1700 - Computer Engineering I, if of sufficient merit. Purdue Prize in Computer Engineering: $100 awarded annually to the student, enrolled as a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering specialising in the area of Computer Engineering, who has submitted the best final year project, provided the project is of sufficient merit.

School of Engineering Prizes and Awards

Astley Pulver Prize for Second Year Surveyors: Books to the value of $125 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the courses dealing with surveying topics in the second year of the Bachelor of Surveying degree, or the equivalent stage of a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. 

Australian Geomechanics Society Prize in Soil Mechanics: $500 awarded annually to the student undertaking a bachelor's degree in the Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the courses CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1 and CIVL3280 Geomechanics 2. 

Board of Surveying & Spatial Information Medal: an engraved medallion awarded annually for the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the final year of the Bachelor of Surveying, or the final stage of the part-time program. 

Chemical Engineering Ernie Walpole Memorial Prize: $500 and a certificate. The prize will be awarded annually to the group of students with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in CHEE4940 Chemical Engineering Design Project. 

Civil Engineering ASI Undergraduate Steel Design Award: ASI standards book and a certificate awarded annually to the student with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the Structural Steel Design component of the third year of the Civil Engineering degree program (CIVL 3170). 

Consulting Surveyors New South Wales Prize in Land Studies: $500 and a certificate awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, on completion of Land Studies courses in the Bachelor of Surveying degree, or a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. 

Consulting Surveyors New South Wales Prize in Surveying Project: $250 and a certificate awarded annually to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Surveying degree or a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree, for a project which contains significant information or developments of benefit to the profession of surveying. 

Douglas Partners Prize for Applied Geotechnics: $500 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in the final year project in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. 

Douglas Partners Prize for Environmental Geotechnics: $500 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in, the environmental engineering student enrolled in geotechnical strand, with the best overall performance in Geotechnical Engineering Subjects CIVL2280, CIVL3280, CIVL4201. 

Engineers Australia Civil and Structural Branch Prize in Structural Engineering: $250 awarded to the student with the highest average across all structures courses being CIVL2130 (Theory of Structures 1), CIVL3180 (Theory of Structures 2, CIVL3160 (Concrete Design), CIVL3170 (Steel Design) and CIVL4521 (Structural Design Project). To be eligible the student would have completed the last of these courses in the prize year. 

Environmental Engineering Institution of Engineering Australia Civil and Structural Branch Prize in Environmental Engineering: $250 Awarded annually to the Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) student who has achieved the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, on the completion of their program 

Ernest Guy Smith Memorial Medallion: $100, an engraved medallion and remaining interest on endowed funds awarded annually to the student enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with the best Final Year Project performance, if of sufficient merit, in the field of Materials. 

Hunter-Manning Group of Surveyors Prize for Outstanding Community Activities: Books to the value of $125 awarded annually to the student who has contributed most to community activities in an outstanding way in the Bachelor of Surveying degree or a combined degree, which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. Community activities may include, but not be limited to, sporting, cultural or other extra-curricula activity.

Hunter-Manning Group of Surveyors Prize for the Most Improved Third Year Surveying Student: Books to the value of $125 awarded annually to the student with the most improved performance in the third year, or equivalent part-time stage, of the Bachelor of Surveying degree, or equivalent stage of a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. 

Ian McColl Stewart Memorial Prize: $500 awarded annually to the student with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the first year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree.

IChemE (NSW Group) Prize: $300 and a medallion awarded annually to the candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) whose report in the Year IV Research Project is judged by the donor or the donor's representative to be the best of those nominated, provided such report is of sufficient merit. 

Institution of Surveyors Australia Hunter-Manning Group Prize in Surveying: Books to the value of $125 awarded annually to the student with the best performance overall, if of sufficient merit, on completion of the Bachelor of Surveying degree, or a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. 

Institution of Surveyors New South Wales Incorporated Prize in Cadastral Surveying: $200 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the course SURV3930 Land Boundary Definition and enrolled in the Bachelor of Surveying or combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. 

John Monteath Memorial Prize for First Year Surveying: $500 awarded annually, so long as the donor makes provision for the purpose, to the student with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in the first year surveying courses SURV1110 - Surveying 1 and SURV1120 Surveying 2, and enrolled in the Bachelor of Surveying or combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree.

Les Gibbs Prize for Creative Design: $100 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the Creative Design component of the first course of Mechanical Engineering Design. 

Materials Australasia Prize: $100 and 1 year's free membership of New South Wales Branch of Materials Australia awarded annually to the student enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in MECH2000 level Materials course or courses. 

Mechanical Engineering Ernest J Egan Prize: $100 awarded annually to the graduating full-time student with the greatest improvement over the duration of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) program. 

Mine Subsidence Technological Society Prize in Geotechnical Design: $500 awarded annually to the student(s) undertaking a bachelor's degree in the Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering with the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in CIVL4571 Geotechnical Engineering Project. 

Morison Prize in Mechanical Engineering (Junior Prize): $100 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the second course of Mechanical Engineering Design. 

Morison Prize in Mechanical Engineering (Senior Prize): $100 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in completing studies in Mechanical Engineering Design. 

Newcastle Chemical Engineering Group Prize: Books to the value of $200 awarded annually to the graduating student who, in taking the course for the first time, achieves the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the final year design project of the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) degree. 

Northrop Prize in Structural Engineering Design: $500 and a certificate awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in Structural Engineering 4th year design. 

Northrop Prize in Water Engineering Design: $500 The prize will be awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in Water Engineering 4th year design. 

NSW Department of Commerce Work Experience Prize for Civil Engineering: $2000 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in the Industrial Experience Report at the end of year 3 or 4 of the Civil Program or a combined degree with Civil Engineering. 

NSW Department of Commerce Work Experience Prize for Environmental Engineering: $2000 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the Industrial Experience Report at the end of year 3 or 4 of the Environmental Engineering Program or combined degree with Environmental Engineering. 

Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia Award for Concrete Design: $500 and a certificate awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the course CIVL3160, Reinforced Concrete Design. 

Surveying Association of Public Authority Surveyors (APAS) Prize: $1000 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in the second year of the Bachelor of Surveying degree or a combined degree which includes the Bachelor of Surveying degree. The student must have studied a full time load and be enrolled in the above programs in the following year and undertaking courses which satisfy the requirements of the Bachelor of Surveying degree. A student can only be considered once for this prize. Any credit granted is considered in defining the eligibility for this prize. 

The Coffey Geotechnics Prize for Environmental Hydrogeology: $500 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in CIVL3240 Land Surface Processes and Management and CIVL3470 Contaminant Hydrogeology. 

The Coffey Geotechnics Prize in Geotechnical Engineering: $500 awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in CIVL4201 Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 

The Daniel Clark Award: $100 and a one year membership of New South Wales Branch of Materials Australia Awarded annually to the student enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with the best performance, if of sufficient merit, in the MECH3000 and MECH4000 level courses related to Materials. 

The Peter Kleeman Medallion: An engraved medallion awarded annually to the student with the best performance, if of sufficient merit in CIVL4830 Stress and Finite Element Analysis. 

The Tony Herzog Award: A specially bound copy of the project report and a certificate Awarded occasionally to an undergraduate student in the Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering who has submitted a final year project of outstanding merit.

Victoria Whitney Memorial Prize: $250 awarded annually to the student with the highest mark in 3rd year Chemical Laboratory at first attempt.